Under $20 Holiday Ready Sweater

When I host a holiday party at home, I skip the heels and party dress and opt instead for a festive sweater and comfy pants. I want to be able to move around the kitchen, chase after a kid, and curl up next to a friend.

Many of you have similar needs and requested a few options for your casual end of year entertaining. So today, I’m kicking off a series of posts that feature holiday-ready pieces at super affordable prices, starting with this pretty ivory beaded sweater

Under $20 Holiday Ready Sweater

Under $20 Holiday Ready Sweater

Sweater: $19.99 | Pants: $89 | Clutch: Old 

Let’s talk for a minute about what is going on in retail right now. I ran to the mall for the first time in forever this week and could not have been more underwhelmed.

Everything looks the same, is designed for tweens, or is frumpy. I spent most of my adult life looking forward to the day I could walk into Nordstrom and buy whatever I want, and now that I can afford a few nice things, I couldn’t find anything that looked special.

So I wandered around the mall and ended up in H&M, where I could have bought half the store.

They currently have lots of pretty neutrals, fun little details and super affordable prices – so you can try something a little outside your comfort zone without feeling like you have to make a huge commitment. 

Everything use to run small, but lately they have made strides in aligning their sizes with more standard American sizes, Additionally, they committed to becoming more sustainable and transparent with their manufacturing practices

Under $20 Holiday Ready Sweater

This sweater is $19.99 and that feels like a steal for a sweater I’ll wear a handful of times this season, and maybe next. I bought it in ivory, but you have four other color options, in XS – XL. It’s suppose to be oversized, with a drop shoulder. I’m wearing the medium. 

I’m wearing it here with a stretchy pair of black pants by Liverpool that feel like leggings but are cut like a jean. They are available in size 0 – 16 including petite. I’m wearing an 8. 

Under $20 Holiday Ready Sweater

I don’t normally wear embellishments, but the tonal look here helps it feel subtle. I like that it’s lightweight, so you can be in a warm kitchen or crowded house and not over heat. 

Have a great weekend!

Under $20 Holiday Ready Sweater
Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. My daughters who are in their early 20’s shop at H&M and to be honest, I was only in the store once and didn’t really see anything that I would wear. But the sweater you have on–looks amazing on you and I am going to definitely check out H&M in Pittsburgh. I am excited. Finally a really nice adult holiday sweater.

  2. Thank you for sharing such a great bargain in a lovely sweater. It looks just beautiful on you. I may just have to stop at the mall myself and check out the sweater at H&M. So nice to know there are affordable options out there.

  3. I completely agree with you! I looked forward to the day I could shop freely at Nordstrom, and now that I can, the clothes look so boring. Nothing special. Thanks for the H&M suggestion. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I loved your description of why you like to wear pants when hosting, The sweater is so pretty, but I’d spill something on it within five minutes. It’s the curse of the white top! The charcoal sweater, on the other hand, would be perfect.

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